Sunday evening saw the Peterborough DALROD Phantoms host their local rivals the Milton Keynes Lightning at the Peterborough Arena. Phantoms record against their old adversarys this season had seen them win the two pre-season games and lose on penalties the previous weekend.
The opening period saw both teams match each other for possession, but it was the Phantoms who had the more deadly finishes, outshooting the Lightning by nearly two to one. Both teams had their netminders to thank for keeping the scores down as the game saw constant end to end attacks.
It was the homeside who took first blood, when on 10.33 a nice build up involving James and Luke Ferrara found Milan Baranyk skating across goal to fire past Jordan Hedley in the Lightning goal, to score the only goal of the opening period.
The middle period saw Lightning up the physicality of the game, with Phantoms old boy Tom Carlon in the thick of the action, and looking to hit anyone in a Phantoms shirt. On the attck it was Leigh Jamieson who was causing Phantoms issues with his big shots from the blue line and his screening of Auzins around the goal. Despite all of the Lightning pressure it was Phantoms who scored the periods only goal when on 33 minutes Milan Baranyk turned provider with a pinpoint pass to Darius Pliskauskas in the slot to fire high into the top corner of the Lightning goal.
As the period wound down, a coming together on the boards between Carlon and Phantoms Marc Levers saw Levers thrown out of the game on the Match penalty for Spearing.
The final period saw Phantoms start on the penalty kill, which they defended resolutely. Lightning finally broke Janis Auzins’ shutout on 46.35 when Jamieson finally found away past the Latvian netminder to make it 2-1 and offer the visitors some hope.
On 52 minutes it was Lightning’s turn to have a player dismissed when Petr Horava was given a Match penalty for a trip on Phantoms Alan Lack, which left Lack being carried off the ice and unable to continue.
Phantoms kept up the pressure, sensing that their first 4 point weekend of the season was within reach, and on 59.18 the scored the goal that would give them the points. With Jordan Hedley off the ice in favour of the extra skater, Milton Keynes lost possession of the Puck in the Phantoms zone, and a pass from Tom Norton found Milan Baranyk who fired the puck intothe empty net to claim his second goal of the night.
Man of the Match Awards went to the impressive Jordan Hedley for Milton Keynes, and Alan Lack for second successive game for the Phantoms. The win keeps the Phantoms joint top of the English Premier League, alongside the Telford Tigers who travel to Peterborough on Saturday evening.